Published Sunday, 08 December 2013
Rough Copy leave the competition. (© Rex Features)
The energetic group were pitted against Luke Friend in an emotional bottom two sing-off, but the Judges were unable to decide who to send home during the semi-final and took the vote to deadlock.
With Sam Bailey and Nicholas McDonald safely voted through, Rough Copy and Luke each performed their 'save me' songs.
Luke sang Keane's Somewhere Only We Know, recently covered by Lily Allen, while Rough Copy performed Boys II Men's End of the Road.
Gary Barlow was first to make his decision and he chose to save his own act Rough Copy.
He said: "These are completely different acts, and at this stage it has to be based on their sing-off performances.
"But I have heard both of you sing better, that was an emotional sing-off."
Louis Walsh was next to vote and he told host Dermot O'Leary: "It is very simple, I am saving Luke."
Nicole sided with Gary's act and voted for the group to be put through to the final.
But she told Luke: "Tonight you sang one of my favourite songs and you really are a little diamond in the rough.
"No matter what, you are going to have an amazing career."
The decision was brought to Sharon Osbourne who felt she couldn't choose between the two acts.
After a tense wait she finally said: "I gonna put it back to the public."
Dermot finally revealed that Luke had received the most public votes and would be going through to the final.
The already emotional singer was visibly shocked at the result as Rough Copy quickly ran to congratulate him.
Speaking after the result, band member Joey told Dermot: "Just being here and being part of the X Factor has been an absolute highlight.
"Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us throughout the competition and a huge thank you to our mentor Gary."
Luke, Sam and Nicholas will perform at Wembley Arena for the X Factor final next week.
A host of music stars will also take to the stage including One Direction, Katy Perry, The Killers, Tom Odell, Elton John and X Factor Judge Gary Barlow.
The X Factor returns to UTV on Saturday and Sunday.
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